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Ormlie Community Association

Ormlie Community Association was formed in 1997 when a number of local residents rallied together to campaign against the dangerous condition of the play areas in the estate. Through lack of maintenance the play equipment had become dangerous and through lack of funding the local Council had been unable to replace the faulty apparatus.

 

It was through this issue that the Ormlie community began to organise itself and over the last five years an enormous regeneration project has developed.

 

In 1999, Ormlie Community Association was able to appoint its first Development Worker. Activities were organised for different sectors of the community, developing people's skills and building confidence and self esteem.

 

The following year, Save the Children in Scotland appointed a worker (as part of only two community partners programmes in the Highlands) to work with young people between the ages of 9-15 to allow children and young people an active voice in their own community.

 

At around the same time, the local authority was completing a huge housing improvement programme in the estate. Through the work of the association, Ormlie has attracted funding for a multi-function play area, providing a skateboard park and multi-sport arena.

 

In addition, the Scottish Executive selected the area as a pilot `Home Zone` area. Home Zones are people friendly residential streets that are based on established principles used in Scandinavia and other parts of Northern Europe. The process involves traffic calming, improved safety, better quality of life and an improved environment.

 

The Association has continued to develop over the years with the opening of the Ormlie Centre in 2002, providing a range of services to the local community and with their continued collaboration with partners from the public, private and community sectors.

 

Amongst the services currently being provided locally are training programmes, lone parent initiatives, senior residents clubs, Internet access points, arts and crafts and a wide range of provision for young people.

Part of OCA's wider strategy is to become more business orientated and less reliant on grant aid.  To this end, the organization is currently working on a range of renewable energy projects including solar, positive ventilation, wind and hydrogen power.

For further information, contact:
Lorna Simpson
Manager
Ormlie Community Association Ltd
108, Marr Terrace
Thurso
KW14 7SW
Tel: 01847 - 891789
e-mail:
ormlieca@tiscali.co.uk


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